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Kagro in the Morning - March 23, 2016

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David Waldman goes it alone today. Greg Dworkin couldn’t make it, but if you prefer your punditry rounded up and abbreviated you know where to go. AZ has Donald Trump and Hillary winning and extending their leads. Absentee voting has people voting for absent contenders. Trump engages in some lighthearted sexual harassment, other vulgar talking yam stuff. Trump and Cruz figure out what to do abut Brussels, ISIS, Muslims, whatever. Trump has some beans he may spill on his way to a mathematically impossible goal.

David revisits and further scrutinizes how John Kasich could rock our world like Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel J. Tilden. Who knows what back room deals could be born this time? Silicon Valley and Uber do not see a difference between people having their needs met, and them getting paid for what they do and supply. Eh, they’ll replace them all with robots soon, anyway.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 22, 2016

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The breaking news this morning was the attacks on Brussels. You got to hope no one here would politicize a tragedy.

David Waldman still welcomes telephone interviews:

Greg Dworkin tells us the primaries and caucuses set for today are still going on. The big story is in Arizona — 75 delegates for Democrats, probably most to Clinton. Idaho & Utah combined 56, probably most to Sanders. Greg looks into today’s contests and what is at stake in the future. The “Establishment” Republicans game out their Trumpless future, but have a hard time finding team players for their fantasy league. Donald Trump charms the audience at AIPAC from suspicion over to enthusiasm. How can Trump be Hitler if he’s cheered by Jews? A Holocaust survivor tells his sonWill American police serve as Donald Trump's stormtroopers?

Today’s conspiracy theories: Is the War on Drugs just a war on political enemies? Is Silicon Valley’s future destroying everyone’s future? How about this one: A 130 year old law could let John Kasich pick the next president.

Bernie Sanders thinks the concept of superdelegates is problematic. David thinks this is an opportunity for us to write the code of the government app. No. Do not let the Republicans win to teach anybody a lesson. No one ever learns the lesson.

Bismarck, Constitution, Santa Maria, Boaty McBoatface.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 21, 2016

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David Waldman reminds us that if you treat your purse as a holster, you always have to treat your purse as a holster. And, on playdates, consider every purse to be a holster.

Greg Dworkin has eliminated the beep that sounded as if he called in while operating a forklift, and also dispels some myths about the November Presidential election. The Cato Institute has found that old turnips still have some more blood. Old folks are not just good for the labor they provide, they vote too. Non-voters could have stopped Trump if they were less apathetic, more enthusiastic. There are not enough white voters to vote in Trump. David Brooks peers from his ivory tower, and has a hunch he may be disconnected from Trump voters. The Gop establishment has to make a big decision about Trump. By the way, there is no Gop establishment, or their candidate would have been the candidate. Meanwhile, Arizona’s tomorrow. Trump still has one big move to make. Why is this man smiling?

David looks at the Republican party’s array of desperation measures, including a delegate by delegate lobbying effort to deny Donald Trump the nomination. That doesn’t sound very fair — hey wait, look at what Bernie Sanders has got going.  People have worked long and hard to create this system, and will decide how to use it.

Direct download: March_21_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 18, 2016

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David Waldman recommends that you catch the next episode of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss BunnyThis week’s special guest is Alexis Goldstein, writer, activist, and Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. Get up-to-date instantly by listening to the live broadcast at 8AM Eastern on Netroots Radio, or check out their archive of podcasts!

Donald Trump’s son receives a letter containing white powder. The letter is deemed “Suspicious”. 

Armando calls in to describe in detail his visit to a recent Trump rally, at which he saw a crowd eager to become a mob. Look for his article on the event coming soon to Daily Kos. Donald Trump suggests that he and his followers could become the greatest, hugest, sore losers ever if the convention in Cleveland doesn’t go their way. As many in the Republican establishment labor to steal the nomination from Donald Trump (who just might have something up his sleeve, too) David combs over the rules and reminds us Rules Matter, especially if you own a DIY rulebook. Also — how do we get to the “people’s choice” in this country? Think a ‘brokered’ convention is undemocratic? Think again.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 17, 2016

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David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, who reminds us “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” President Obama chose “a serious man and exemplary judge”, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Why Garland? Why now? Republicans were really hoping they could Bork someone.

Of all politicians, Ted Cruz would probably be one of the most likely to have strange bedfellows.

PBS runs a story about how Donald Trump has helped create a Republican big tent that appeals even to white supremacists who don’t normally vote in elections. Trump heads to Cleveland, the place in the nation to go to for the latest in riot equipment and accessories. Five sheriff’s deputies suspended following the violent Trump rally in North Carolina. Doomed oh so many times previously, is Trump now finally heading to his yuge November doom?

Gun News Today: Good guy with a gun temporarily misidentified as bad, police funeral to follow. Yes, she can bring her concealed carry weapon with her on a playdate, but what idiot would make a playdate with her? Officer mansplains weapon safety too effectively for his colleague.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 16, 2016

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David Waldman presents the KITM Super Post-Super Tuesday show. Now the riots can begin! Donald Trump’s followers have enough resentment to share with everyone.

Rubio leaves, Clinton sweeps, and Kasich blows his confetti budget.

Greg Dworkin tells us why Ohio is not Michigan. What does Bernie Sanders do now?

Only a Democrat can stop Trump now, with maybe the assist of Republican voters

Joan McCarter brings the morning’s breaking news: Along with other decisions made today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Joan talks to David about who Garland is, and why is he the nominee at this time.

The Freedom Caucus nixes Paul Ryan's budget attempts. Maybe he should look for a new job.

The New York Times comes close to writing a positive Bernie Sanders article, but reconsiders.

Real Trump supporters show up, drip diamonds everywhere.

Florida poll workers meet everyone’s expectations.

Gun News: Drunken man’s scrotum not bullet-proof, and "I figured I'd just shoot at random because I had all these guns.”

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 15, 2016

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Are the end times near? They could be, at least as far as primary delegate math goes. Many voters go to the polls in big states today. Many knew who they were going to vote for long ago, and many have voted earlier too

Armando is in transit today, so Greg Dworkin is forced to pick a fight with David Waldman: Will the #NeverTrump movement never make a difference? Or can it still effect the Republican convention, or maybe the election?

Greg looks at the Republican race today. Kasich may hold off Trump in Ohio. Here’s the recent polling, and here is what 2012 looked like. In Florida however, voters care less and less about Rubio and are going Trump. Here are their recent polls, and their 2012 results. Also, here are North Carolina’s polls and results from 2008, and Illinois polls, and 2012 results. In Missouri, The Show Me State would rather not show you much up-to-date polling, but here’s where they were in ‘08.

Are Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump two sides of the same coin? Some think demonstrations at their rallies are unhelpful and counterproductive

So what does the #NeverTrump dog do if it catches that car? David looks into the mechanisms behind contested conventions.

Congratulations to Bernie Sanders for living a long life, sensibly building his retirement account.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 14, 2016

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David Waldman returns from a weekend of teaching his kids the value of Scouting and repeatedly lifting heavy things. 

Tomorrow will be perhaps known as the superest Tuesday of all time. With The Northern Mariana Islands in play, as well as Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and OhioGreg Dworkin steps up with a depth of insight and analysis you will not find anywhere else. In fact, he didn’t even really get to the Republicans, you’ll have check back tomorrow for that. Meanwhile, open up some tabs and read along as Greg tackles the Ohio, and Illinois primaries, and what they were in 2008, Missouri, and their ‘08, North Carolina, and their ‘08, and Florida

Hey, look at all the Republicans turning out for the primaries! Is that something

David spends some time talking polls, statistics, compound interest, delegates and how it’s hard to catch the leader when she keeps running away.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 11, 2016

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David Waldman’s flu already giving up and going away once he gave it the nickname “Lil’ Cold”.

Greg Dworkin interrupts, politely, to air his Twitter rant on the essence of the election and Donald Trump’s appeal. David Frum smells a similar essence. Last night’s debate was substance-full and fact-free. You know the general election is approaching when Presidential Trump shows up. But what about support from those that like his dis-likability? He still has some dis-likable competition. Some are surprised that GOP voters have not voted because of the idealized BS shoveled by their leaders, but for maybe more self-centered reasons.

David updates some stories: Gun loving mom shot, but vows to not learn anything new. Trump supporter says “Next time, we might have to kill him” about protester he punched, because the protester could have been ISIS.  

Read as various reports try to out-Breitbart the other. Donald says, you know some people exaggerate for attention.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 10, 2016

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David Waldman is sick and tired of the debates, plus he’s sick and tired. He talks a lot about the former and a little bit about the latter today.

Greg Dworkin takes a look back today, in preparation for the wave of stuff coming soon. Should ad makers producing ads against Trump look back to 1964? Time to look forward to a Rubio-free election. Looking forward to the Gop convention, a Trump protester gets sucker-punched.

Is Bernie Sanders or Bust a stance based on privilege? Are Clinton supporters being honest with themselves? David talks about how we could, and should move past this soon. We are not 'Confederates.' We are Democrats.

State Rep/Loon accused of trying to lure teen for sex resigns from the NH House.

Hey, did you hear about the mass shooting yesterday?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 9, 2016

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David Waldman welcomes and thanks our new Patreon and PayPal supporters!

Greg Dworkin is happy for Bernie Sanders’ win in Michigan and Hillary Clinton’s win of the most delegates last night. It’s always great to see us win. So, what happened in Michigan last night? What lessons are to be learned? Meanwhile, all of the Stop Trump stuff didn’t stop Trump last night. The Gop continues building the long con for the biggest grift of all time: everybody.

It’s Joan McCarter Day!  She just survived her state’s primary. Senate Republicans join Paul Ryan's House in failing on budget process. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell's strategy of a total blockade of any nominee to the Supreme Court from President Obama ends up not being popular with voters. Are Republican senators putting aside their loathing for Ted Cruz to beat Donald Trump? No. Kelly Ayotte's primary challenger attacks her from the right on Supreme Court nominee. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has faced an extremely nasty, partisan Republican legislature in Virginia, and now they've taken it to a new level.

​How many times do you have to ask for it before you get it? Eventually her 4 year old let her in on the irony.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 8, 2016

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David Waldman is stricken with the flu, but doesn’t let that stop KITM, with the help of his friends Armando, and Greg Dworkin.

Greg Dworkin brings the polls, but also a sober look at the delegate math. No presidential candidate has lost a delegate lead this late since at least 2000, but Super-Duper Tuesday, March 15 with Florida, Ohio and the Northern Mariana Islands still has the potential to be a game-changer. Today is Michigan with Trump and Clinton holding big leads

Donald Trump is still winning his delegate vote, btw. He is a little weaker, but the Gop establishment is going to have to do better than that to take him out. The front lines move to Florida, where Trump has already lit the dumpster. The Sun Sentinel takes the stand of standing for none of the Republicans. It turns out that Florida knew Rubio was that callow before anyone else. So, is it all up to Kasich?

Armando and David look into Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s record on TARP, Gun manufacturer liability, as well as the importance of voting coalitions and why explaining is important, even if “explaining is losing”.

Bristol Palin sees the bright side of leaving guns out with kids.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 7, 2016

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Get David Waldman undiluted and uncensored with today’s KITM:

Greg Dworkin admits that sure, there was some grouching at the Democratic debate, but we’re all friends here right? You still can’t confuse a Democrat with a Republican debate. Hillary Clinton has a big lead in Michigan. So does Trump. Why is Bernie Sanders having such a hard time there? How is everyone doing, meeting their delegate targets?

Is the only way to damage Trump through suicide attacks? Ted Cruz believes the media is sitting on Trump bombshells.  Here are a few they aren’t sitting on: Trump-branded tower funded by Chinese seeking Visas. Trump has connections to stereotypical gangsters. Trump is a big cheater that says neener-neener at the debates.

NH Rep on the House Children and Family Law committee goes beyond the bounds of human decency often enough to have resignation suggested to him.

A family whose kids have always grown-up around guns and learned to always assume a gun was loaded have now lost two to accidental shootings.  The second while joking about Russian roulette.

An instructor tactically responded a bullet past his students into a truck, and is getting negative Yelp reviews.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 4, 2016

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David Waldman is laser focused on today’s political scene, except for those rare moments preocupied by Webelos knots.

Greg Dworkin drops by to bring you the news that everyone not listening to KITM will think is the news months from now. For instance, the rise of Donald “The Big D” Trump can be connected to the rise in American authoritarianism. Trump’s Republican rivals think he would make an awful, dangerous president, and support him for president. Mitt Romney is really against Trump now, really liked him before, and doesn’t really see what the problem with that is

So what if Trump had a bad debate last night? They all had a bad debate last night. Are there enough morons to elect him? Are there enough #NeverRomney voters to elect Clinton?

Cleveland gets a 50 million dollar security grant and wants to buys some toys. Don’t worry, eventually they will come up with a use for them.

The second hour of KITM goes to an interview with musician/producer/podcaster/agitator Travis Rosen, Daily Kos contributor and podcaster of Irreverent Testimony. Has Colorado outgrown the caucus system? Travis gives a first-hand inside account of the Colorado caucuses. 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 3, 2016

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup has it all on the Trumpster fire: the delegate math, how Stop Trump theorists are turning from unifying behind one candidate to distributing the responsibilities (which isn’t likely to work either), the cratering of Christie, and more.

Will upcoming, closed Gop contests go differently for Trump? Or the same?

What are the prospects for a fight in Cleveland? Who’ll show up for one? And what if the answer to that is: the Ku Klux Klan?

A top Trump adviser in Iowa laments Trump’s autocratic waving-off of his surely crucial advice. No one could have predicted that.

A Texas Gop county chair is f-ing crazy. But not Donald Trump crazy. Unless by that you mean that he’s exactly Donald Trump crazy. Gawker reports, you decide.

Secret Donald Trump voters speak out. And they’re just as impossible to understand as you thought.

Congressional Republicans are angry, in one narrow instance, about the federal government’s inability to register, track, and control the flow of guns. It’s not rocket science, though, which makes it all the more understandable how Renee Ellmers lost track of her AR-15.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:32am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 2, 2016

We’re still trying to find an appropriate label for the Wednesday after a Super Tuesday. But at least we have some results to examine now that the day is done. Greg Dworkin rounded up the relevant headlines and commentary on Republican Trumpmatic Stress Disorder, Chris Christie’s Stockholm Syndrome, and other related maladies.

Joan McCarter gave us her take on the day’s events, and the various bits of fallout arising from them. Well-known civil rights hero Donald Trump seems ready to try to steamroller Speaker Ryan, while other Republicans (and maybe even Ryan) are ready to just roll over. Perhaps that character trait is what’s making it so hard for Ryan to get his troops in line on the budget. And Apple wins an opening round in its fight with the National Security State.

We also ask Joan if Dick Cheney is terrible, and she says yes.

Sorry. Didn’t mean to take the suspense out of that for you.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:27am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 1, 2016

David Waldman brings the super to Tuesday with today’s KITM:

Donald Trump picks up the Louis Farrakhan endorsement, pretty much sewing up the race. Greg Dworkin shows us where this is all going:

Does Trump have the nomination sewed up? The election? Or will it be #NeverTrump? Seriously, will there be enough anti-Trump voters that will stick to their principals to not vote anti-Clinton to matter? And say they they do “come apart”, how will that keep the Gop from still winning the election? An imploded party will certainly eventually win if they are the ones that are going out to vote. There are definitely enough morons around ready to vote Trump in, you know. Why isn’t Bernie Sanders expanding the electorate? Why don’t black voters Feel the Bern? Do Democrats even care about big ideas anymore...

But really, isn’t a lot of this mess some of you dumbasses’​ fault?

Melissa Harris-Perry would have been helpful right about now.

A woman is in critical condition after a swimming pool hurtles 1500 feet and is lodged in her neck. Correction: not a swimming pool, a bullet. Another guy is “self-inflicted”, by an “unintentional discharge” that accidentally got him shot, “apparently”.

NH paper realizes Chris Christie is Donald Trump’s Renfield, and retracts their endorsement.

Did you know Dick Cheney may have been an authoritarian sociopath?

Good luck to David Waldman, going off to vote now, a right not necessarily guaranteed.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 29, 2016

David Waldman presents a special bonus show for you February lovers, before we start March.

Did Greg Dworkin bring polls? Is this Tuesday Super? South Carolina’s exit polls give an idea of Hillary Clinton’s strengths and strategies for Tuesday, and against Donald Trump. What Hillary Clinton’s massive win among black voters really says. Historically, how does she measure up?

Tough-Guy/Lickspittle Chris Christie goes Trump. Bootlicker Christie gets back in the limelight. Some conservatives do not approve of the Brown-noser Governor’s turn around. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman is ashamed of Ass-kiss Christie. In fact, many think Christie being Trump’s minion is pretty despicable and think this stooge demonstrates everything bad said about the Gop is being proven true. If the GOP lines up behind Trump, it doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously anymore. The Republican Party’s implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy has arrived. David Frum tweets the cave-in. Some just want to live the lie, and will end up taking the lie all the way to the voting booth. Will that matter in November?

Who knows, maybe some conservatives won’t fall in line behind Trump. Maybe they will come up with a couple super-lame schemes, have those fail, then will fall in line. Maybe they could just win the election, and figure out all of the morals and philosophy later.  

David continues on his series “Meet a Superdelegate”. Today: Jaime Harrison.

Direct download: February_29_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 26, 2016

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Sitting state court judge Henry William Saad follows many other dumber than dumb airline travelers carrying loaded guns into airports. A Jail guard unsuccessfully resolved the intricacies of his new shirt/holster at Gander Mountain. 

Ted Cruz seems a tiny bit less inhuman after dropping his objection to the Senate moving forward on aid for Flint MI lead poisoning victims

Information is coming out on the latest mass shooter in Kansas. Turns out, people saw red flags in advance.

Greg Dworkin is still snowed out of Skype and KITM, but has suggestions of articles you might be interested in: Conservatives are turning out in droves to vote for Donald Trump because Donald Trump best represents them, even as he badly represents conservatism. The party is getting what they asked for and deserve.

The more experts study Bernie Sanders’ health plan, the more they have to praise and criticize - mostly criticize.

Irving Texas’ reigning warlords attempt to block Syrian refugees.

A Yelp employee fired for “violation of conduct” (complaining about Yelp) speaks to the media.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EST

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 24, 2016

David Waldman maybe would have decided on who to vote for in the upcoming Virginia primaries by now, if he didn’t have to produce great KITMs every day.

Trump is the big winner in Nevada, as God tosses him another victoryGreg Dworkin and David ponder what in the world is happening. Were Trump voters there all along, and it just took Donald Trump to show us this

In a success story for the primary process, Bernie Sanders’ campaign inspires/forces Hillary Clinton to re-support the “public option’ for national health care.

For even more on the health care issue, the Nevada results and delegate math heading into Super Tuesday, visit today’s Abbreviated Pundit Round-up!

Joan McCarter reports that Mitch McConnell agrees with the House Freedom Caucus crazies, and Justice Samuel Alito agrees with Mitch McConnell on avoiding agreement with Barack Obama ever, especially on approving Supreme Court nominees. Idaho Militia gut-shoots a 12 year old girl, and turns the incident into a fund-raising drive.

Tennessee finds out that as people carry guns more often, more people get shot. A Tennessee council member introduces a resolution to ask God not to smite the county over same-sex marriage. A same-sex spouse in Tennessee eventually becomes able to change her name, then she is hit in the head by a ricocheted bullet

Here is how Obama gives a victory speech vs. how Trump gives a victory speech.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 23, 2016

David Waldman says Happy Birthday to his wife! Be sure to RSVP so he knows how many pieces to cut the cake.

It’s almost Super Tuesday, the Amok Time for poll-watchers, and Greg Dworkin will not disappoint those wanting polling and analysis today. But first there is Nevada, which isn’t a primary, it’s caucuses, but not as confusing as Colorado.

Bernie Sanders is swimming against the tide, with a tsunami coming. Greg sends his condolences in advance. Will single women be the key to Democratic success?

Donald Trump is doing well. Is this as yuge as he can get? Or is his ceiling the classy, vaulted kind? For instance, how is he getting so many of Cruz’ evangelicals? Is it the authoritarianism, stupid? Or are there many, many reasons why Trump just can’t? Anyway, the Republican race is down to the final three, and maybe another guy, but that’s all. If the race comes down to Rubio vs. Trump, GOP voters can tell us what they think it means to be American. Ted Cruz finally found out who was lying in his campaign. 

David devotes a big chunk of the show describing how to get to the superdelegate area of the Democratic National Convention. (It ends up being near by Carnegie Hall) Want to know more about this and everything else? Follow @sfpelosi

The Flint Michigan water disaster is unusual only in its severity. Lead-tainted water has had a long history in the U.S. The Natural Resources Defense Council finds safety of drinking water in U.S. cities is at risk. ‘Black Sludge’ pours out of Texas town’s faucets days after FBI arrests nearly every city official.

That time an extended vacancy led Antonin Scalia to suggest a 60-day limit on the confirmation process.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:25am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 22, 2016

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Greg Dworkin reports on SC and NV, prognosticates about the future: Hillary wins by not losing. (And by winning.) Is it time for Bernie supporters to get in line? Nevada is solidifying the realities of the primary season, and is tightening the focus on the election as well. 

Any SCOTUS justice this President or the next nominates will be better than Scalia

Will the iPhone encryption debate move to Congress?

David brings us some clarifications regarding Heller vs. District of Columbia. Bushmaster Firearms seeks dismissal of the lawsuit over the Newtown shooting.

Kalamazoo Uber driver shoots and kills 6 people between taking fares, not triggering racial, religious or Uber red flags preceding this. 

David returns to the discussion of Bernie Sanders fundraising — a party can be supported in many ways, even if not agreed upon in all ways.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 19, 2016

David Waldman proudly announces that audio level problems have been finally completely eliminated! Oh, look at the audio complaints roll in…

Today is Philosophy Friday! KITM tackles Progressive political existentialism. Why are we all here? What makes movements exist?  Actions? Intentions? Effort? Fervor? Poetry? Prose? Infrastructure? Ideas? Leaders? Coalitions? Policy? Politics? David ponders them all today.

Greg Dworkin rides to the defense of wonks. Why Left-of-Center wonks are skeptical of Bernie Sanders. Sanders’ plans are thin on details, but his campaign is ok with that. Should Sanders’ doubters be casting stones? The economist that vouched for Bernie is voting for Hillary

Here comes South Carolina and Nevada! Cruz, Carson, and Rubio were going to visit conservative voters, Rubio took a look around and quietly slipped away. If too many South Carolina voters vote for Trump, it could clash with South Carolina’s Self-Image

How Democratic is Bernie Sanders? David looks into what that means, what it could mean for a Sanders presidency, the Democratic Party, and what it takes to make a political difference.

David reports updates to the case of the guy that hoped his gun would help him being old and out-numbered in fist fights.

The CEO of Zenefits told a prospective employee not to take his job offer — and his reasoning is less than brilliant. Update: He remains less than brilliant.

Jeb!’s Gun! has more personality than he does.

A Canadian Island opens its arms to Trump refugees.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 18, 2016

David Waldman wants to thank us, the listeners, for our support. We don’t just make it happen, we make positive change fulfilling, and fun. To that end, most of today’s KITM is devoted to addressing your questions and input, as we all continue to do this great thing!

But first, Greg Dworkin brings us the big picture aided by new polls and analysis: Donald Trump outperforms with the 'moderate establishment' voters (who aren't really moderate) Super Tuesday states have Hillary Clinton leading in 10 out of 12, and Bernie Sanders is doing pretty good in Vermont. Nobody is sure what is coming up in Nevada and how much a factor the Latino vote will be. Trump is still doing great in South Carolina, probably no matter what he says.

Is Bernie Sanders arithmetic sound? Democratic economists have doubts.  

David reads listener mail, and talks about finding progressive coalitions in many surprising places in the Daily Kos community, including the Evangelical and Christian communities.  

Michigan creates a RoboCop, this time to enforce unemployment insurance, but with similarly bad results.

In the US, white people are killing themselves rather than be poor.

Let’s remember the good old days when people would take the time to craft a porn title they could take pride in.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 17, 2016

OK, all you David Waldman and KITM fans reading this right now, those about to tap the link above to become better informed and entertained 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year: Get up off your wallets and put some money down. It’s time. Pay for what you are consuming. It is the honor system, but you know it’s the right thing to do.

Is this country about to elect someone who is not into anal? (His wife doesn’t even poop.) Donald Trump opens up about his life in the trenches.  

Jeb! Gun! America!

David discusses the second amendment, and how the death of Justice Scalia not only puts the Supreme Court’s stance on guns into question, but shows that who is “right” or “wrong” on the constitution in the US depends on 5 votes.

Armando discusses irksome textualists and originalists, especially Scalia, and specifically "District of Columbia v. Heller”.

Would Antonin Scalia be here today if he hadn’t fallen asleep in a gun-free zone? There are just so many things we do not know.

Joan McCarter looks into the Scalia mystery, following the clues right to the top. Maybe Scalia’s replacement could be the first non-Abrahamic Supreme? Republican judicial obstruction isn’t new, but it could be broken for the Supreme Court. Chuck Schumer may go nuclear to get the process moving. Chuck Grassley thinks that maybe Obama just might have a constitutional point there.

The FBI would like Apple products easier to hack.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 16, 2016

David Waldman’s levels are on point. What other podcaster say that? 

Greg Dworkin continues to pick through the wreckage of the the latest Republican Debate, finding few survivors. Gop voters continue to not care, (except liking winners better than losers) as Donald Trump maintains his lead. Trump still might go third party. With his brother’s help, Jeb! now has about 50% support — at his own rallies. Trump is now coming for W.

Hillary Clinton maintains her lead as well, and Clinton and Trump lead into Virginia.

Antonin Scalia, passing away without proper strategic consideration, has caused political factions and journalists to quickly throw out what they can to write and rewrite history. David reveals all of the jigging and poking behind that pure applesauce being ladled out. Meanwhile, as pundits will tell you, this Supreme Court vacancy could help Clinton and Cruz, could cost Republicans their Senate majority, could be a big Gop mistake, could give Obama an advantage, could help and hurt conservatives, and will favor liberals no matter what.

Hey, take Grandma someplace other than Denny’s next time she visits.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 15, 2016

It may sound like David Waldman is reporting live from the prep area at a Denny’s, but actually school is off today, and his family is just hanging around KITM headquarters: 

Greg Dworkin and David watched the latest flabbergasting Republican Debate and talk about the day the Republican party came apart. Catch the best of the unravelling with Jeb! and Rubio, and of course Trump. Here’s the transcript to savor. The live audience got to join in. David Frum is still haunted by the experience. The Gop establishment is at the crossroads of standing for something, or just winning.

Armando and David discuss Antonin Scalia, what he stood for, and how to replace him, including an in-depth discussion of a recess appointment strategy, constitutional hardball, and other wish list items.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 12, 2016

Ted Cruz’s campaign pulls a new ad after discovering that one of the actors in it has a “soft-core porn” background. Is that because he’s trying to appeal to evangelical conservatives, or despite it?

Armando joins in to help wrap up that discussion, and give his review of the latest Democratic debate.

An open mic moment from the debate gets some notice. But did it really mean what observers thought it did?

The Malheur standoff is over with, and as expected, The Crazy was bottomless. Is this the Trumpian future?

In our Confess Your Unpopular Opinion segment: Superdelegates kind of make sense to me.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 11, 2016

Greg Dworkin helps us continue the NH parsing. Third is the new first. Kevin Drum worries that some Dem voters might be too convinced of inevitable victory. (But you didn’t think we were getting through primary season without hand-wringing, did you?) What do the journos and PoliSci types predict strategy-wise for the next stages of the race?

Politico says Speaker Ryan faces a “moment of truth with House conservatives.” Well, it’s a moment, anyway. Are we in for yet another failed promise of “regular order?”

Eyebrows are raised at The Hill’s claim of eyebrow-raising.

What’s going on with these stories about not-quite-endorsements touted by the Sanders campaign?

Utah gun enthusiasts seem to want protection from everything, both extra-legal and legal. Small government enthusiasts ride to the rescue, with the cudgel of government.

The CIA quietly issues a “note” stating that its vehement denials of accusations made against it by the Senate Intelligence Committee were maybe kind-of not so true. So quietly, in fact, that its existence wasn’t even noticed for an entire year. Now that’s clandestine!

Oh, and there was some evidence discovered today regarding the essence of space-time, or something.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 10, 2016

Now that we’ve had our Family Feud in New Hampshire...

Here it is! It’s that moment some significant portion of you have been waiting for: Greg Dworkin’s first post-NH appearance! You knew he’d have to say that Bernie Sanders scored a yuge victory, and that Hillary Clinton didn’t do well. So he did. And then we talked about other things. Who turned out? Who freaked out? Who’s cashing out? And whose media narrative isn’t working out, and maybe should drop out?

In counter-narrative news: Ta-Nehisi Coates says he’ll be voting for Sanders, and Michelle Alexander writes that “Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve the black vote” (whatever that might be).

Joan McCarter came by to discuss the continuing fight with telecoms over control of the Internet, the submission of President Obama’s final budget, and Mitch McConnell’s uncomfortable moment alongside Ted Cruz, blocking State Department nominees.

Byron Tau notes that Eric Cantor is alive but out of touch, but more to the point and perhaps more worrying, Justice Scalia’s private hijinx, wagering on Obamacare’s fate.

Sovereign citizen and militia separatism still simmers, but how far ought we to go in watching them?

And speaking of being watched, a quick reminder of who (and what) is watching you, sometimes at your own invitation.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 9, 2016

It’s primary day in New Hampshire, which is essentially the same thing as holding a meeting of the state legislature up there, so we all have to pay attention to those guys, again. What’s up with that Dixville Notch thing, anyway? No New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary day is complete without Armando railing against its very existence. Today’s mandatory mention of what Donald Trump said. Another attempt by state legislators to preempt local gun regulations, this time in Washington, and now with fake Founding Fathers quotes. More about coin tosses, how often they’re really used, why they’re maybe not all that bad, and the pros & cons of our various voting schemes. An enterprising reporter fails to track down a particularly absurd college rumor about Ted Cruz, but finds a story, anyway.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 8, 2016

Greg Dworkin helps us pore over all the results of The Big Game, by which we mean the elections, of course. Everything from the seemingly endless torrent of polling, to debate analysis, to the numerous and varied intra-party fights, to the traditional wringing of the hands. After a brief detour into the Authentic Frontier Gibberish of the sOvErEiGn CiTiZeNs MoVeMeNt, Ian Reifowitz joined us to discuss his Sunday Kos piece on the fight over the “progressive” label, and how far we’ve come since the days when “liberal” was a dirty word.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 5, 2016

Is it “PING!” or is it “DING!”? David Waldman welcomes both sides of the debate for the KITM Friday Weekend Sendoff: 

Greg Dworkin saw last night’s Democratic debate, as well as Wednesday’s forum and loved them both. Both threw great punches, and stayed substantive as usual, and we all won. Both candidates are winners in the polls as well, depending on where you look, and what you are looking for. Where do Americans look for news, anyhow? More are winning in the US economy as today’s job numbers show.  

Is it now time to debate and dream of possible VPs?

It is now time to lust after Tesla’s new product, The Powerwall. If you just want to eat your vegetables, but don’t want to cut back on calories, McDonald’s can help.

David explores a puff piece on the meanest, ruthless, most remorseless clone of Karl Rove that ever pretended to be tough.


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Kagro in the Morning - February 4, 2016

Tune in today, and get your fill of David Waldman and KITM, with weather and traffic on the nines:

Remember Iowa? Greg Dworkin is here to bring data and analysis to those disgruntled and those completely gruntled on the caucus process. Going into New Hampshire, the polls are pretty stable. Bernie Sanders leads big among independents, but the problem is they might independently vote Republican in the future. Will class eventually become the deal breaker for voters? Meanwhile, Trump throws a fit, Christie throws a fit, and the Bernie/Hillary camps throw a fit. Here is the rant of Al Giordano on being someone else's idea of a progressive.

KITM Michigan Correspondent Rosalind MacGregor corresponds from Michigan: Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Darnell Earley, facing an onslaught of criticism over dilapidated schools and his role in the Flint water crisis, quits. 87 cases of Legionella bacteria in the Flint area, and neighbors of Flint are showing tainted water, while state workers get their water shipped in. Ballot info law spurs fears for Michigan’s March vote, and local officials sue Michigan over the ballot info law.

So, what is the truth on the Iowa Caucus coin toss story? Is that really a less serious way to break a tie? Trump may sue over Iowa dirty tricks. That gives him a good stump speech, but really, isn't that an issue that needs to be dealt with somehow? Rubio says he doesn’t like a “willingness to say or do anything.” It smells a little on our side, too. Cruz helps wife make money, she helps him get power, is that bad? Ben Carson’s money starts to run out.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 3, 2016

David Waldman sends get well wishes to Joan McCarter, and looks forward to her visit next Wednesday!  

House Republicans celebrated Groundhog Day reliving their failure of repealing Obamacare. National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka was arrested trying to board a flight at Reagan National Airport with a 9mm handgun. Gorka learned nothing from WorldNetDaily Joseph F. Farah’s dumber than dumb mistake. More than 250 gunFAILs this year, by the way. Texas open carriers have gotten their way, are still not satisfied, and bring their case before Walmart greeters.

Greg Dworkin joins us all in congratulating the bearer of the longest held erection known to science. So, what got Iowans most excited this week? Greg leads us through the polls and the pundits. Before we finally leave Iowa, one more look at the pros and cons of the caucus, what the expert hindsight tells us, and what the pundits aren’t telling us. Why it’s a bigger deal than you think, being decided by a tiny group of people.

Hillary Clinton keeps winning, but it is never enough for some people. Here are graphs to give you an idea of the states Cruz, Trump and Rubio need to win.

Donald Trump wants to back up to Iowa and re-do the caucus, because Ted Cruz does dirty things. The IA Secretary of State thinks Ted is kind of dirty too. Some think he was dirty with his wife

David further explores how "no cost" license plate readers are turning Texas police into mobile debt collectors and data miners.

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David Waldman is sick of hearing “Happy Holidays” — it’s “Happy Groundhog Day”, people!

Greg Dworkin and Armando co-host today’s KITM as David braves snow-ravaged Virginia streets to take his kids to school. Today they and David pore over the data coming in from Iowa, comparing it to previous rounds in the past. How did ideology, loyalty, independence of the voters, and the locations and experience of Clinton and Sanders operatives factor into the results? And what sort of responsible speculation can be made for the upcoming New Hampshire primary?

The pollsters kind of missed how Cruz and Clinton were going to win, but they told you this was hard stuff to do. People decided to vote for Cruz and Rubio at the last minute, pollsters guess. Rick Santorum would have increased his turnout by 100% if only the voting pen didn’t run out of ink.

David takes a big look at the Daily Kos article  ”How to really make America great again: Get rid of 'the dumbest idea in the world'”, which addresses the notion of shareholders vs. stakeholders, a concept posited by KITM many times in the past.

Senators, including Bernie Sanders, fight for a raise increase for their cafeteria workers, which succeeded until the moment their back was turned.

Texas police become the Uber of debt collectors and data miners.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 1, 2016

Listen as David Waldman battles nature, school delays, and mic levels in today’s installment of KITM!

Greg Dworkin sifts through mounds of data and poll results as we go into the Iowa Caucus: Donald Trump may pick up the Gop side, Hillary Clinton the Democratic, but the race is so tight that results will depend on how well the voters are being turned out. Enthusiasm and persuadabilty metrics are interesting as are race, ethnicity, class, and age gaps, but why does  it have to be Iowa?

Sanders and Clinton are reshaping their coalitions in interesting ways as they compete for the nomination, while Republican candidates ask “What would Jeff Sessions do?”

Armando hops behind the KITM microphone for a while as David is called away and discusses the Iowa Caucus, its importance, and why that importance should be shared in the future.

Virginia reverses its decision to not recognize concealed carry licenses from other states, a decision that is predicted to poison the remainder of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s time in office.

A Tennessee gun bill allows concealed carriers to sue owners of gun-free businesses if a problem occurs that they could have solved with their gun.

What they don’t teach you in Drivers Ed - how to determine if the guy following you in a high speed chase, aiming a gun at your head is a “good guy with a gun”.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 29, 2016

David Waldman survives the week holed up with the kids. Next week, like last week, will be a 4 day school week, allowing the Xbox some time to cool off.

Greg Dworkin watched some of the Republican debate, as well as the Donald Trump salutes Trump special. The verdict: Trump won them both. At the debate Ben Carson closed big and ominously with a reading of the Constitution. Was this his dog whistle for the 3%-ers? or the Article III-ers? David and Greg look into where these two fringe groups meet, including the legal, historical, and cultural roots of these loonies

In related news, Donald Trump gets trolled by the huger billionaire. Back in the real world, Governor Snyder’s standing weakens in the midst of the Flint water crisis, although he would need to be weakened much more to have his position really threatened.

Then “weather-related issues” took KITM off the air — thanks Obama. You can hear the rest of David’s analysis of the 3%er culture on the podcast here!

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Kagro in the Morning - January 28, 2016

Almost to the end of school snow cancellation week, David Waldman gets to talk to adults for two hours straight!

Greg Dworkin is counting the days until the Iowa Caucus, when he can switch gears from punditry to analysis. Bernie Sanders is great at bringing a revolution, but how will he get things done? Nancy Pelosi distances the Democrats from Sanders’ talk of taxes. David and Greg talk about running for office vs. holding an office, and being an absolutist vs. an incrementalist.

Half in US say they are better off than 8 years ago, including Republicans that were 10 years old, eight years ago. GOP voters want someone with testicular fortitude, and think Trump can come up to that standard

Greg highly recommends that you watch the Flint Michigan town hall, hosted by MSNBC yesterday. It is just as riveting watching it as recorded as it was watching it live!

David reviews the story of reporter Jane Mayer, when she wrote about the Koch Brothers. Joan McCarter is preparing a review of the book covering this, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right”.

A member of armed society reacts with deadly impoliteness to woman rejecting his advances outside a bar.

The Texas law requiring retailers to check gun permits is confusing some of the Texas public.  

The idea to teach gun safety has some worried about anti-gun propaganda, others are worried about handing over taxpayer money to the NRA.

Trey Radel will tell his life story and give a behind-the-scenes look at his time using cocaine, and being a congressman, to make some money now.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 27, 2016

David Waldman has dug his way out of the snow and brings us another KITM:

David, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter bring us the latest Bundypalooza news. There will be news updates and analysis throughout the day from many sources, but here is where you can get the KITM take on events.

Greg Dworkin cogently describes the incoherence of the Republicans in the last few days before the Iowa Caucus, after which he will finally a chance to analyze incoming results. Hillary Clinton’s lead shrinks, but she is still smooth sailing.  For all of its importance and attention, hardly anybody will be voting in the IA Caucus. Conservatives make a last minute decision of whether to back Trump or the Republican. Is Trump more malleable, can Cruz really mean what he says? Has the conservative crackup finally arrived? Republicans wonder why they didn’t stop Trump earlier. How much power will whoever is elected really wield

Joan McCarter reports from the front on the war between Trump and Fox. Trump issues his declaration of independence. Here is the story of a reporter caught in the tentacles of the Kochtopus. Utah goes to Idaho to talk about freedom. 

Babysitters shoot a toddler and get probation, $200 fine.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 26, 2016


Even with snow piled high, school cancelled for days, and the food running out, David Waldman is ready for today’’s KITM show. He has even had plenty of time to work on his 4000 word essay “All Work and No Play Makes Dave a Dull Boy.”

Greg Dworkin stayed warm watching the Democratic Town Hall Forum last night. Hillary Clinton talked about the experience she’s bringing to the table. Bernie Sanders talked about the new ideas that he brings. Friends and Aids of President Obama begin to form behind Hillary Clinton. Traditionally, the winner of the nomination steals the best ideas of the vanquished, which Greg assures us is a feature, not a bug.

Going into Iowa and New Hampshire, the Republicans now lead with their most unpalatable players.  Will voters judge on substance, style, who will win, or just who has the best chance of making team D lose?

Indiana Governor Mike Pence decided not to run for president right after he made the decision to lose at least $60B for the state cracking down on the LGBTQ, and John Kasich may soon regret using cronyism and graft to raise Ohio’s wealth. Even so, Kasich just got an endorsement from the Boston Globe, who previously boosted John Huntsman to untold heights.

Armando calls in for his review of the Democratic Town Hall Forum, and continued his analysis, and criticism of Bernie Sanders’ stand on gun industry immunity

News of the Renton Theater shooter somehow feeds the concept that people would gain safety from wearing a gun.

Militiaman adds gravitas to the Oregon debate by challenging Chris Christie to a Sumo Wrestling match deciding the fate of the constitution.

Anti-abortion activists are indicted for Planned Parenthood sting. Karma supporters rejoice.

Little kids breathing out of respirators sounds bad, but it's a small price for libertyFlint children never had a fair shot, even before lead poisoning. The rich have enough to worry about with all of the noise, noise, noise.

Donald Trump admires people who may be more stupid, crazy, and bigoted than he is, as proven by science.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 25, 2016

Good Day! How’s it going? The great snowy south doesn’t hamper David Waldman, at least in putting together today’s KITM.

The guy who hoped to be a hero when ISIS stormed the Regal in Renton, Washington, then accidentally shot someone, follows by lying to authorities, although he might be remembering through the haze of war, Xanax, and beer.

Greg Dworkin asks: Do you know the 1 weird trait that predicts if you are a Trump supporter? (Hint: Greg told you the secret 6 years ago.) Is Trump just like Obama, in that he is the opposite? Is Iowa the first and worst step of the democratic process?

The election markets say that Trump is doing pretty good, actually is pretty unstoppable, as the rest of the Gop pack hope to tie for second.

Going into IA and NH, Hillary Clinton just has to stay cool; coming out of IA and NH, Bernie Sanders has to hope for miracles. Here is what Barack Obama thinks about Iowa, 2016, and the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Ted Cruz last week said he didn’t have health insurance, blamed Obamacare, now he says he does have health insurance. Thanks, Obama.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder lied: Flint water switch was not about saving money after all, as a civil deposition reveals more information.

Impolite society has pushing and shoving, armed society kicks that up a couple notches in a feud over a $25 service fee.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 22, 2016

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The snow or something knocked the Greg Dworkin segment of KITM off the air but you can still catch it right here—FiveThirtyEight is tracking the tight race of Clinton vs. Sanders going into Iowa, and the less tight race in New Hampshire. Check out the difference between their “Polls-plus” and “Polls-only” forecasts. As the bets are placed on Trump, the establishment’s hair combusts, but they can’t decide whether to freak out about Trump or Cruz. It’s definitely no way for Carson, and they aren’t too hot on Rubio either

The buck keeps stopping with MI Governor Rick Snyder, as water problems grow and the damage could last for generations. Snyder figures it’s probably the voter’s fault.

Armando visits to discuss the role of outsiders and activists in politics and the limits of ideology and good intentions in governing, and gun manufacturer immunity, and William Jennings Bryan, and much more.

Ted Cruz puts his family’s health in jeopardy by revealing he doesn’t have health insurance, although actually he does.

A guy going to the Benghazi movie oh so much wanted to be a good guy with a gun...

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 21, 2016

As a blizzard blows in, David Waldman warns us to stock up now, before the hoarders nab up all of the Axe body spray:

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, and questions. How will Iowa caucus results influence the vote in New Hampshire? How will undecideds be influenced, and how will they move the vote? Here is how it went in NH in 2012.

The betting bet on Trump. The establishment hates Trump, but they fear Cruz. What kind of man would spends millions to elect Ted Cruz?

Sarah Palin takes over the Republican party. She might have endorsed Trump, but who knows what she was saying? Donald Trump did get the big endorsement though.

Bernie Sanders health plan sounds great, but how’s he going to do it?

The gun control bill that almost beat Chris Christie’s veto might be coming back.

Flint, Michigan is a minority community, it’s a poor community, is that the reason it was poisoned?  ​Author Vann R. Newark II visits KITM to talk about his article, An ugly truth behind black gold: How racial injustices are behind California's fight against Big Oil. He and David discuss how to help the environment by helping those in most need, and the possibility of building a coalition to empower those people fighting on the front lines.

Read this week’s funniest tweets, and vote for the best one (KagroX, natch)!

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Kagro in the Morning - January 20, 2016

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Where were you when Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump? Relive the birth of Idiocracy by reading Palin’s endorsement before it’s etched on commemorative china. Who knows, she might get something out of this. Back in Wasilla, Track Palin maintained the family legacy

ISIS forced to halve salaries, might have to start layoffs, thanks Obama.

Eventually there will be more plastic than fish in the sea

Virginia Republican Del. Mark Cole is sticking to his “common sense” legislation requiring genital verification of youngsters, so far is not indicted. Teen lobbyists are quizzed about their virginity by Washington Rep. Mary Dye, who decided at least one kid did not pass the test. 

Joan McCarter calls in to report that Republicans are losing their camaraderie over how, or whether to replace Obamacare, and to reform filibuster rules. Mitch McConnell wants to ban Syrian widows and orphans to protect them from US bigots, but Democrats keep fear-mongering by quoting Republicans.

Chris Christie fights for the freedom of kids to eat just like him.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 19, 2016

Cold outside?  Snow day for the kids? Gather the family ‘round your streaming device and cozy up to David Waldman and KITM:

Greg Dworkin declares at least two winners in the latest Democratic debate: Bernie wins the heart, Hillary the head. Democracy wins in this substantive debate, but can Bernie Sanders be both a presidential and a revolutionist candidate? Some Republican operatives feel the Bern. Republicans blame Obama for you not liking them. Cruz and Trump yearn for that coveted Palin bump

The culprits in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Katrina are being revealed, a memo confirming the US EPA notified Michigan of problems as early as June. Latest updates can be found at Ron Fournier was bamboozled by the Snyder administration in December, but at least he figured it out, it just took Snyder’s catastrophic lack of leadership to convince him. Marco Rubio didn’t hear about it, and doesn’t really care.

Armando takes the KITM helm, while David fixes his snow-delayed kids situation. Armando commends Sanders move of the Overton Window, and his sharpening of the debate, but wonders if this can be translated into a presidency. Armando, David and Greg discuss the ACA versus Single Payer, and how tough it would be to introduce such an overhaul of insurer relationships and more progressive tax rates against vested interests and the present dysfunctional government.

An Oregon militant sounds the alarm when the government comes for his government subsidized money.

Donald Trump fights the siege against Christianity and pinpoints the classiest Bible verse.

Scholastic Books sugarcoats the history of two of George Washington’s slaves, then pulls the book after a letter writing and Daily Kos campaign brought attention.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 18, 2016

David Waldman is not “in” today, as he is “out” taking full advantage of the 3 day weekend—but he didn’t forget you! Here is an all-new, pre-recorded KITM, with KITM back tomorrow, LIVE:

A Rhode Island city official is caught using a guy dressed as an old lady to convey a positive image for a snow shoveling program. A Republican senator tries to convey a positive image for himself, using special effects to make it seem like he was driving a car

Indiana gun hobbyists decide that a library is a proper venue for a meeting, and inevitably blow a hole in the wall. The library and local media jump through all possible hoops to stay in passive voice, and not offend any gun fanciers. Virginia’s hypocritical legislators don’t want to enforce their own gun laws.

Darnell Earley, the “Emergency Manager” when the Flint River began to be fed to residents, now has a new job, as the Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools. He is ready to make “tough and necessary cuts”. 

As work becomes Uberized, creating shareholder value and creating good jobs becomes incompatible. David looks into the difference between job creators and household creators.

There is an alternative legal system, employed by crackpots, that should keep trouble brewing in Oregon for a while. What if wildlife refuge occupiers were black? They were.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 15, 2016

David Waldman will certainly not present a live KITM on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He will almost certainly have a pre-recorded show ready—so tune in or visit here and find out what he’s cooked up!

Small government is great until it isn't and Big Government has to be summoned

Greg Dworkin actually saw last night’s Republican debate, a little chunk of Hell delivered by people practiced in painting Hellscapes since Ronald Reagan, and not at all as heavenly as the Gop establishment pictured. Ted and Donald fought about birther stuff and “New York values” but not much about the real world. But Jeb! got an endorsement from Graham!

Deal from strength or get crushed every time”  are the lyrics to Trump’s new Supreme Leader anthem, as it maybe, possibly manages to skirt infringing on Marvel.

Arliss Bunny called in from producing this Monday’s Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny on Russian oil prices to discuss how our country’s largest financial firms’ concern is whether the government has made it too expensive to be big, instead of too big to fail. Neil Cavuto seemed to imply that the financial crisis happened on Obama’s watch without saying anything explicitly false

Constitutional law scholars are starting to give fair-weather originalist Ted Cruz a headache.

A veteran’s gun fires when he brought it into an MRI room. In fact, a gun in an MRI room could kill someone without going off. And people keep getting shot even when safety is a priority. All you need to do is release the trigger.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:23pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 14, 2016

After a few stymied tries, David Waldman finally syncs up with guest Monte Frank to talk about his latest article “10 reasons why 2015 was a year of progress for gun violence prevention,” as well as his involvement in gun control activism, present and future local, state and federal gun legislation and much more!

Greg Dworkin brings us the latest polling — Bernie Sanders closed the gap in Iowa, maybe New Hampshire —  now what

Upset Republican donors wonder: Have they have wasted their money? (Yes.) Donald Trump makes some journalists, and some Republicans, very sad.

A smart gun bill heads to Chris Christie’s desk — which Chris Christie will be there? The congressman behind the ban on gun violence research regrets his roll. The Pacific Standard regrets its article on child gun deaths. Everyone regrets a recent patriot on patriot shooting. Republicans regret losing the opportunity to make the Iranian-US Navy incident into another Benghazi. They probably regret texting their stupid reactions so soon

Oregon locals had a lot of the same outsider nuts harassing them even before the standoff.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 13, 2016

David Waldman is back on line and back on the air!

Ten U.S. sailors detained by Iran, have been freed! Great news, unless you hate America and missed your opportunity to needle the President. Conservatives attack Nikki Haley instead.

Greg Dworkin brings us the latest polls and news — the race is tight in IA and NH, and Bernie Sanders is doing great, but so is Hillary Clinton. Either way, Bernie has made an impact which may be good news for Hillary as well. 

Two political reporters switched beats for a week, demonstrating what new can be seen with fresh eyes

Some may think Trump’s winning, but his primary competition doesn’t, so maybe that’s why they aren’t attacking him

Ted Cruz does not really deserve to be liked. So, right when he could use a hand, he is not finding many friends. Mitch McConnell says he’s on his own.

Joan McCarter brings us news of the SOTU. Paul Ryan won his staring contest with someone, maybe it was the Little Sisters he brought in to make his political point. Nikki Haley did OK, although maybe not the best choice for conservatives. 

Senate Republicans may appease the House Republicans with limited filibuster reform. Lobbying outfit Heritage Action calls for an end to judicial confirmations during Obama’s final year.

David reviews the gunFAILs of the new year and the in-school gunFails, along with the story of the security guard leaving a gun in a restroom.   

Virginia Delegate Mark Cole, phone and email, and Twitter, has filed a bill to require that children’s anatomical sex be verified before they use a restroom. Virginia Delegate Mark Cole either has not thought his bill out very well, or has thought it out all too well.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 12, 2016

Those of you fans of Netroots Radio’s hypnotic hold music might have been surprised by David Waldman interrupting it with a KITM show about twenty minutes in. Unfortunately because of this technical difficulty, podcast fans now get an abbreviated show today, but the regular program with Greg Dworkin and maybe even Joan McCarter should be back tomorrow! 

Politico describes the process of the Senate’s attempt to alter its long, stalled, long-stalled, appropriations process. David works to make Politico’s description more precise and accessible.

Why is our ally in the Middle East more Saud-ish, and less Iranian? Which unpalatable alliance would be a better one for US interests?

In a statistically predictable, but still sad occurrence, a father shoots and kills his son that he mistook for an intruder.

As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, when it comes to child support, its Bristol’s baby, the father’s maybe.


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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie

David Waldman presents hodgepodge Monday, to bring us up-to-date, and back-in-gear for the week:

Greg Dworkin points out that as we go under 300 days from Nov 7, 2016, polling will become more precise, reaching nearly 100% accuracy in the days following the election.

As photogenic terrorists seize US installations, a super-racist super PAC pitches for Trump. Trump is happy to push us off a precipice we appear to be building for ourselves. Is it the year of the angry white women? Rubio and Cruz still hope to get some pandering in, as they fight for that coveted 3rd place win. It would all be so less concerning if we only knew who was really going to vote.

The country is poisoned from sea to shining sea and everywhere in-between, to save a buck. It’s probably a scandal too big for anyone to go down, though.

No Labels labels people that join their club “Problem Solvers”.

David wonders if Donald Trump has got something there with Ted Cruz’s citizenship, because of his lack of “CRBA”, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. David also looks at the Netflix series Making a Murder from a process and procedure angle.

Texas colleges start campus carry now, but people have paid the price for years already — 40 years for this family. Anderson Cooper is just asking: Maybe Obama is coming to take our guns?

Today it’ll be about Ricky Gervais and David Bowie. Here are both.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 8, 2016

David Waldman brings us a brain bootcamp Friday — Sorry, no Donald Trump — today’s challenge requires open tabs to Wikipedia and Google Maps, so buckle down:

KITM explores the recent escalation of conflict in the Middle East. With the input of listeners to the show, David looks into the history of the region including the geographical, petro-economic, familial-ancestral origins of the multiple crises, conflicts and tragedies.  

Saudi Arabia has severed ties with Iran, and expelled its diplomats. Iran’s embassy in Yemen has been hit with airstrikes, which Iran has said was Saudi Arabia’s intention. Iranian government banned its citizens from making the annual trip to Mecca. Accusations between the two continue to multiply. Tensions have spread to Pakistan as they debate “Saudi-isation”. David discusses why Saudi Arabia escalated the Middle East’s sectarian conflict, and the many reasons behind the feud other than the Sunni-Shiite divide.  

Of course, we have a lot to do with this, even as 15 Blackwater mercenaries, including their commander were killed there last month.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 7, 2016

Good news — David Waldman’s liberal mocking has the Bundy Militia on the run, or at least driven them into hiding.  

Tonight on CNN: A one-hour live town hall with President Barack Obama on gun control at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Is this the beginning of the end of the gun lobby’s con game? Greg Dworkin wonders if this is the last stand of the GOP Dodo before extinction. Alabama Nutter/Justice Roy Moore halts same-sex marriages in his state, saying that probate judges have a duty to not issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. A small band of determined legal academics set out to persuade the Supreme Court to undo the New Deal—and have almost won.  

Marco Rubio isn’t going anywhere fast, might have to rig the game. Quiz: Can you spot the natural-born citizen?

KITM Michigan Corespondent Rosalyn MacGregor reports on the Flint Water Crisis, a story she introduced on this show several months ago, now a well known scandal, and target of a federal investigation. How could this ever happen? Who could have done this?

Armando calls in to note the focus on issues on the Democratic side of the presidential race, but wishes for more actual details, and less sloganeering. Bernie Sanders pledged to break up big banks within the first year in office, calling for a reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, and continuing his division with Hillary Clinton advisor, Gary Gensler. As Gensler and Sanders extend their debate, Armando wishes for less politics and more policy in the candidate’s stands.

In an unintended, pretty funny twist, managers of stores in Texas that sell alcohol could lose their liquor license if they fail to check gun-toting customer’s open carry licenses

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:32am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 6, 2015

Donald Trump finally has worthy competition, that is if the Bundy Cowliphate makes the decision to run in 2016. Today David Waldman covers all that, #gunFAIL and even more ignoramuses and idiocy.

Greg Dworkin reports that President Obama, getting tired of all of this, introduced new executive actions on guns. The Gop did what the Gop does. Still, times are changing,  and voters will be voting.

Greg and David look into the history of Trumpism. Will Trump hugely lose by just not winning? Will electability finally beat anger? How will anger take losing? Donald is worried for Ted, and his birthplace and stuff. Birthers have a problem with 4 Republican candidates.  

Joan McCarter asks you to just guess what’ll be the first vote by the Republican House in 2016. The House Republicans also ready a Volkswagen bailout vote. The Obama administration has its own priorities for its last year.  

Those armed Oregon ranchers who want free land are already getting a 93% discount, their heroes are poachers, arsonists, maybe more

Your house or apartment wall or floor is not a safe direction to aim your gun, nor is your head.

Rep. Renee Ellmers is a concealed carrier with a problem concealing her weapons. Concealment is not so tough, really.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 5, 2016

Greg Dworkin advises to understand the Oregon standoff, you need to first look into the history of Mormonism in the area

They don’t speak Pakistanian in Pakistan, as comics not always a good cultural textbook.

Gop contenders don’t support Oregon Militia’s methods, but continue to like all of the stands and attitudes that took the militia to their conclusions. 

Going into Iowa, Cruz is getting his ground game down, Trump will plow through to 2nd, and whoever get’s 3rd, wins for some reason. IA and NH rules and procedures weed out the candidates, pollers, guessers and gamers. It ends up with everyone targeting Chris Christie for his little slice of the pie. Bill tip toes in, to assist Hillary Clinton. Atwater and Nixon possibly looking happily from somewhere at the continuing success of the Southern Strategy.

David lawsplains the Hammond Arsonist Sentencing in Oregon, and its connection to the present Vanilla Isis uprising.

What does it take to get to the terrorist mindset? David looks into the evolution of a British bouncy castle salesman to IS Militant, and the Jihadist who started out as a Hacktivist.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 4, 2016

David Waldman assists the violent separatists uprising against the United States government in Oregon get the word out of their true intentions, even as the traditional media maligns them as “peaceful protestors”.

Armando calls in to help point and and laugh, but also points out more sobering parallels between this and to how the Tamir Rice case was handled.

David digs deep into the mountain of Gimmetarian derp surrounding the story, and the conflicting claims at the scene. The Bundys are back, but anti-government rebellions, with the collection of free stuff is the way of life for many.

Meanwhile, there’s a new open carry gun law in Texas. David looks into that, as well as the story of a guy that accidentally shot a hole in his door (claiming to still correctly aim on purpose, however). This inspires him to advocate keeping careless and stupid away from guns.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - January 5, 2015 airing January 1, 2016

It's our first opportunity to use a 2015 episode as a rerun! From Janaury 5, 2015: New Year's Eve is always a big night for "celebratory gunfire," so there's a lot of GunFAIL to catch up on. And of course, there's the drinking, which doesn't help things. Greg Dworkin rounds up headlines on gun access and mentally ill teens, and the second NYPD funeral. Environmental regulations don't cost as much as thought. The long, long view on the economy. Huckabee-mania, and playing for the base. Polling on the ACA, Afghanistan. In crazy science/spycraft news: you can enhance photos to see the reflections in a subject's corneas, and even reconstruct fingerprints. The family of the mom shot by her 2-year-old in Walmart still insists she made no mistakes, and "experts" can't seem to find them, either. But area papers seem to be waking up to reality. Iowa has its own problems, but local experts reflecting on them come up with nothing. Armando just couldn't let Chris Christie's football (and his brother's Facebook) antics go unremarked-upon! Plus, we talk about the so-far-unexciting primary pre-season, and a forgotten element of critical filibuster reform that's expiring.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:19pm EST